From Symbolism to Futurism: Poupées Électriques and Elettricità

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Title: From Symbolism to Futurism: Poupées Électriques and Elettricità
Authors: Daly, Selena
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Date: Jun-2009
Abstract: In this paper I examine how Filippo Tommaso Marinetti transformed his three-act drama Poupées Électriques (1909) into a one-act Futurist sintesi Elettricità (1913). Through the analysis of draft versions of Elettricità and of Futurist manifestos, both the process by which Marinetti enacted this textual transformation and the reasons behind the changes made to the French play in its passage to becoming an Italian playlet will be explored. A series of drafts for Elettricità, which are held at the F. T. Marinetti Papers Collection at the Beinecke Library, Yale University, uncover the progression from French original to Italian translation. Close textual analysis of the two plays will demonstrate how Marinetti sought to change elements of Poupées Électriques so that Elettricità would reflect his new Futurist world vision. The significance of many of the changes Marinetti made only becomes clear when Elettricità is contextualised within other developments in the Futurist ideology and to Marinetti's manifesto output.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Rivista di Studi Italiani
Journal: Rivista di Studi Italiani
Volume: Year XXVII
Issue: 1
Start page: 46
End page: 59
Copyright (published version): 2009, Rivista di Studi Italiani
Keywords: Futurism
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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